Thinking about travel for 2023

As we approach the tail end of 2022, I am already thinking about travel plans for next year.

We were able to go on two trips this year, out west to British Columbia in the summer and then to the United Kingdom and Iceland in the fall. In my original plans, I had considered a sun vacation in the winter but we’ve decided to forego this and save up for a couple bigger trips in 2023 instead.

Back to London in the spring

If you followed my London blog posts, you are aware that we travelled to London the week after Queen Elizabeth II passed away. We had procured highly coveted tickets to the Arsenal v. Everton football match that was scheduled on Sunday September 11, but this ended up being cancelled. Because we purchased via a third party, we were not offered a refund so still have the tickets on hold for whenever the match is rescheduled. We are hoping that it will be rebooked for around April 2023, in which case we will go ahead with a return trip to London for a couple days to finally fulfil Mr. Chuckles’ dream of seeing a live Arsenal match.

As for me, I hope that I will finally be able to do that tour of Buckingham Palace which I missed on both my previous trips to London. And of course, we will go back to Dishoom for the Indian food that we’ve been dreaming about since our return home.

Notting Hill, London

Crossing the Chunnel to Paris

After a short stop in London, we will take the train over to Paris for our first visit to France. There are lots of bucket list destinations that I’d like to check off here, and we already have a few food stops in mind. I’ll be sure to catch up on posts from blogger friends like Rebecca Goes Rendezvous for more France travel tips!

Paris (Source)

Returning to Asia in autumn

Travel in Asia was hit hard during the pandemic, but now that things are starting to open back up over there, I’m keen to plan a trip either for late summer or early fall.

At the top of our Asia travel bucket list is a return to Japan. We would definitely like to spend more time in Tokyo, and then add a few days in the northern island of Hokkaido. We will probably take the short flight from Tokyo to Sapporo and base ourselves there for 4-5 days. We plan to eat a lot of seafood and visit some onsens.

Yurakucho, Tokyo

I’d also like to tack on a few days in either Hong Kong or Singapore. Currently, Hong Kong still has in place a cumbersome Covid-19 surveillance requirement so I would rule out travel there if that remains mandatory next year. Singapore has fully opened up, so I have been looking into a visit for 3-4 days, mostly to explore the food culture. Singapore Airlines previously had a stopover program similar to the one from Icelandair, which I am hoping that they will bring back.

Gardens By the Bay, Singapore (Source)

As always, I’d love to read your thoughts and suggestions on my travel plans!

23 responses to “Thinking about travel for 2023”

  1. Some exciting times to look forward to.

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  2. Such exciting news! And thanks for the shout-out: of course, if you have any questions about things to do and places to see in France, please don’t hesitate to let me know! Singapore is on my bucket list, too, and I’m dying to go there…I hope to plan a trip there (or to SE Asia) later next year, but we’ll have to see! Happy travels!

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    1. SE Asia is amazing. Hope you can go ahead with that trip next year!

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  3. looks like you’ll be making up for missed travel next year Jess! I’ve got big plans but I’ll annouce them on the blog a bit later in the year or very early next year

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    1. Looking forward to reading about your exciting plans Andy!

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  4. These are just wonderful destinations where there is always something more to see. As far as Paris is concerned, they are preparing for the 2024 Games with work going on everywhere. You can expect some disruption to the venues.

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    1. Good to know about Paris! I forgot that they are an upcoming Olympics host.

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  5. We’ve been thinking about where we want to visit in 2023 too. It seems like you have a pretty good game plan for the upcoming year. Happy trip planning!

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    1. Happy trip planning to you too. Looking forward to reading about your adventures next year 🙂

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  6. sounds like a great plan for the next year! 🙂

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  7. So exciting!! Hope 2023 bring lots of smooth travels for everyone. We’re doing Italy and Switzerland we think.

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    1. You will love Italy for the food alone! I went on two food tours there (Rome and Florence) – would highly recommend these if you have space in your itinerary!

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  8. There’s nothing more exciting than making travel plans as the whole planning and organising part can be just as fun as the trip itself.

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    1. I agree, planning for travel keeps me excited enough!

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  9. These are great plans! I hope you love Paris as much as we do. I’m already thinking about where to go in 2025! I have an idea…

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    1. Wow, already planning for 2025. I haven’t gotten quite that far ahead 😉

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      1. I get a bit ahead of myself sometimes…

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  10. Sound like some fun plans. I’ve been busy planning my 2023 big solo adventure and a return trip to Singapore is on my list having not been for almost 15 years I’m looking forward to seeing the changes.

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    1. This would be my first time in Singapore and I’m looking forward to it!

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  11. Sounds like exciting times for 2023 🙂

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    1. I’m looking forward to it! Just need to get through this winter…

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